Call for Memes : putting the x back into xy
Let’s start a new meme collection. The collection will consist of phrases which have a formal structure resembling the following :
put(ting) (the) x (back) in(to) (the) xy
…where x is a word/idea that is a fragment of a larger word/idea, xy.
Putting power back into empowerment.
Putting the human back into humanism
or this one, from an old episode of The Simpsons:
Putting the fun back into fundamentalist dogma.
One of my favorites: You put the b in subtle.
This collection will exclude phrases that don’t follow the x-xy relationship. In other words the “x” should be semantically contained within the “xy.” Here’s a counter-example, a phrase that does not go into this collection: Putting Values Back Into The Workplace.
That said, I just came across this interesting variation which merits inclusion:
Putting Amazing Back Into Grace.
A couple of borderline cases:
Putting sex back into gender.
Putting the party back into politics.
Any other suggestions?
Putting the me back in the media ?
Putting the Mao back into LMAO ?
Once I’ve gathered enough of these, I’ll create a page under the “Ideas” section of this site. See, it’s all about putting the memes in the menagerie.